Blogging is an easy way to make money from home. It's simple to get started and can be done from anywhere in the world! Learn how to start a money making blog today!
Whether it's a Homesteading Blog, a Mommy Blog, a Fashion Blog, or just a Blog about your Crazy Family, the information on starting a blog can be a little overwhelming.
Or maybe this is your first step towards trying to figure out how to start your own blog. Either way, I'm so glad you're here!
If you are ready to take the leap into blogging, to carve out a piece of the web-o-sphere all your own, to start making money for something that you love talking about, then you are in the right place!
Over the past 12 years I've owned and created content for 8 different blogs. Each one served it's purpose for a time and was well loved by me... After years of practicing and learning and researching, I finally figured out exactly how to have a fun, enjoyable, profitable blog!
For 4 years now I've created content and made money through my blog A Modern Homestead. It provides not only a creative outlet for me, but also a full time income for our family, and lets me share my passions with the world, not just my friends and family!
Have you been itching to try your hand at blogging? It's really easy to get started! Let me walk you through the 3 easy steps to starting your own blog!
NOTE: If you already know you'd rather have a set of videos and some really awesome worksheets and checklists to walk you through this process, click here!
Exactly How to Start A Blog!
If you don't have a blog, but making money on the side wherever you are sounds great... or maybe you're not even worried about money and you just want to have fun, here are the 3 steps to take to get started!
NOTE: I'm not going to tell you the cheapest way to start a blog. Instead, I'm going to show you the fastest and best way to get started with a profitable blog! While you may technically be able to start a blog for $3.95, you are left with a low quality product, and zero idea of how to be successful!
These steps will lead you through every single part of starting a blog and making money from day one. And, while it may be a teensy bit more than $3.95 to get started, the money you spend will come back to you within your first month if you implement these steps fully!
Step One: Get a Hosting Service and Domain Name
Hosting is the service that allows my website to be viewed anywhere in the world. Without hosting, I would only be able to see my site on the computer and no one else would ever see it... which would be sad :-(
But not all hosting accounts are created equal!
Bluehost is often pushed by bloggers, but as someone who was with them for 12 years on 8 different sites (and loved them until recently!), I can tell you that their service has gone drastically down hill this year.
Instead, for the same price, you can get started with Siteground. Their service is phenomenal, their customer service and tech support are off the charts, and they will even transfer your existing site (if you have one) for free!
At the same time that you buy hosting, you need to grab a domain name.
(If you are going to grab hosting, I would be honored if you would use the link below! It gives me a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much!
Click here to go to the hosting page and follow these steps:
1. Select "Get a New Hosting Account".
2. Select "Register a New Domain".
3. Choose your hosting plan. Tip: If you're just starting out, the cheapest plan is fine! You can upgrade as needed at a prorated price.
4. Complete the payment info section and submit! Tip: I would get both the privacy and site monitoring services, though they are optional.
Click here to take the first step towards creating a passive income for your family!
Step Two: Set Up Your Blog
Now that you have hosting and a domain name, you're officially a blogger! Congratulations! Next it's time to actually get your blog set up and start writing content!
So in step two, you'll want to install WordPress and a theme!
INSTALLING WORDPRESS ON SITEGROUND
Follow these easy steps to install WordPress on your Siteground account.
- Log into your Siteground account.
- Click "My Account" at the top of the screen.
- Click "cPanel".
- Scroll until you see "Wordpress", click that button.
- Follow all on screen instructions to install WordPress on your domain.
INSTALLING A THEME ON WORDPRESS
Now it's time for the really fun part! Installing a theme and customizing it to the look and feel you want for your blog! Follow these steps to install a theme on your WordPress account.
- Log into your WordPress account. (YOURDOMAIN.com/wp-admin and enter the information you entered during setup in the previous step.)
- Click "Appearances" on the left-hand side of the screen.
- Click "Themes" and browse the free themes until you find one you like!
- If you're ready for a gorgeous professional theme, this Genesis theme is the one I use and I absolutely adore it!
- Click "install" and "activate" to finalize your theme choice. Don't worry, you can do it again if you don't like the results!
TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR THEME
- Click "Appearances" on the left-hand side of the screen.
- Click "Customize".
- This will open up the customize options for your theme. Play around with it and enjoy!
But if that seems a little overwhelming, I recommend grabbing this Launch Your Blog course that my blogging bestie Anna and I put together for bloggers just like you! If you want to get started in the fastest way possible, then this is the course for you!
Whether you already have a blog or not, this course covers everything you need to know to actually be successful!
We walk you through everything, WITH VIDEOS so you know exactly what you are doing by the end! From picking your niche, setting up your theme, to writing your first post and actually bringing people to your site, this course is exactly what you need to get your blog up and going!
Here are a FEW of the things you'll learn in this course!
- Why you should start a blog
- How to find your perfect niche
- Creating an unforgettable blog name
- How to start your blog from scratch
- How to set up a theme
- What plugins to use (and why!)
- How to write your first post
- How to get people to actually read your blog!
- How to create images for Pinterest and more!
- Exactly how to make money with your blog!
- Every step you need to take to be successful at blogging!
Step Three: Make Sure Your Blog is Money Ready
As you're setting up your blog it's also important to make sure you have everything in place to start making money.
If you don't, you will be leaving big money on the table! In fact, I have a second blog that I started just 4 months ago which made $300 in it's SECOND month!!
If I hadn't had everything set up and ready to go when I created that blog I would have missed out on that first big month, as well as the ones that followed!
HOW TO MAKE MONEY BLOGGING
There are quite a few different ways to make money, depending on your page view bracket, but any blogger, at any level, can make money blogging!
Here are a few ways to make money as a blogger:
- Ad Revenue
- Product Sales for Products You Create
- Sales for Other People's Products
- Sales for Services
- Sponsored Content with Companies You Trust
- ... and more!
To find out exactly where you should be applying to get the most money for your efforts based on your page views bracket, check out my book Make Money Blogging at Any Level.
Here are a FEW of the things you'll learn in this book!
- How to get yourself and your blog ready to make money.
- All the income sources you can pursue for your blog size, and how to maximize those streams.
- How to contact companies directly for sponsorship opportunities and how much you should charge.
- All the tools you need to make sure your blog stays profitable.
Grab the information to make sure you are making the most of your blog, no matter how big or small!
NOTE: This book is included in the Launch Your Blog course!
Are you ready to get started?
Now that you are armed with the exact information you need to get started, it's time to take the leap!
Blogging is one of the cheapest ways to start an online business and make money from home. It’s flexible, easy to start, cheap to maintain, and you can grow your income to thousands per month! I’m proof. And you can do this too!
Wow, those are impressive numbers. I hope it doesn’t take too long to get up to speed on our project. It’s got a little bit of a learning curve, but it sure is fun.
Hi! I have created my blog, but I’m feeling stuck. I cannot afford the class currently. I was hoping to create a blog for moms of special needs children/typical children. However, I’m stuck trying to wrap my head around how I can make money doing this.
Hi Brittany! That sounds like a great blog idea!
There are 4 main ways to make money blogging: With ads, by selling products you create, by promoting other people’s products and making a commission off those sales, and by working with companies to create paid posts that promote their content.
Each one has its place and they can all work together to make you money!
I have written about each other them pretty extensively (as well as how to optimize your site and content) in my book Make Money Blogging at Any Level if you want to grab that instead of the course! That will help you get a hold on all the various ways to make money and how to use each method!
I hope that helps, and I wish you all the best!